Ngati Kahungungu me Ngati Koroki
Taane Mete graduated with honours from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1988 and is a senior male dancer in Aotearoa – New Zealand.
His performing experience has seen him dance with companies such as Footnote Dance Company, Douglas Wright Dance Company, Taiao Dance Company, Fusion Dance Theatre, Michael Parmenter’s (Commotion Company), The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Human Garden Dance Company, Mau Dance Company and Atamira Dance Collective. Taane was also a founding member and a senior dancer for Black Grace Dance Company.
Taane also works as a choreographer in the entertainment industry and has choreographed two winning performances for the hit show “Queen of the Whole Universe’ 2007 and 2008. Other shows include New Zealand Fashion Week, The World of Wearable Art 2009 and 2010, the opening of Auckland’s Vector Arena. Taane also performed and choreographed for Finale Cabaret and Restaurant in Auckland.
He has also taught as a tutor for UNITEC New Zealand and the New Zealand School of Dance. Taane has also featured in the short film ‘Hurtle’ by Shona McCullagh, and Peter Jackson’s ‘King Kong’. One of the highlights in his career was performing for a month on Broadway in New York in 2005 with Black Grace Dance Company. In 2005 – 2006 Taane worked for Front of the Box Productions as a television presenter for the program Takataapui.
In 2007 Taane joined forces with Taiaroa Royal and together they formed Okareka Dance Company Ltd. Their success show Tama Ma has toured New Zealand, America and China. Okareka will tour Tama Ma to Brisbane 2011. “Tama Ma a life of dance” is a 70 min documentary created by Heather Lee and Mark Summerville premiered on Maori Television Oct 10 2010. It will also tour with the stage show Tama Ma.
Taane graduated from the Leadership New Zealand programme in 2008 and continues to advocate a leadership role in the dance community as well as developing a dance program catered to tertiary students. In the summer of 2010 Taane was fortunate enough to work with Louise Potiki Bryant and Charles Royal in the show Te Karohorohi.
Taane has also featured as the first challenge for the television show New Zealand’s Next Top Model for TV2 (2010)
1985 – Fusion Dance Theatre
1986 – 88 Studied at the New Zealand School of Dance.
1989 Footnote Dance Company
1990 – 91 Taiao Dance Company
1992 Michael Parmenter’s Commotion Company, “Weathers from a Spark’
1993 Douglas Wrights ‘Forever’
1994 Douglas Wrights “How on Earth”
1995 – 2005 Black Grace Dance Company
1997 Mika and the Uhuras, Edinburgh
1998 Shona McCullaghs - Hurtle
1999 Michael Parmenter’s “Jerusalem”
2000 Millenium show- Mike Mizrahi
2004 Michael Parmenters “Tristan and Isolde “ Finale Cabaret and Restaurant – Choreographer and performer.
2005 Black Grace tour to Jacobs Pillow and New York.
2006 Mau Dance Company. “Requiem” Belgium, Brussels
2007 Okareka Dance Company - Director, Choreographer, Dancer, World of Wearable Art – Dancer.
Mau Dance Company, Tempest, Belgium, Brussels
2008 Okareka Dance Company, Premiere of Tama Ma. Dance tutor, CCMT
2009 Okareka Dance Comapny. Tama Ma nationally and to Beijing China. Dance tutor, CCMT Flintlock Muskettes – Actor, dancer
2010 Louise Potiki Bryant -Te Karohirohi. Okareka Dance Company. Tama Ma tour of Hastings, Nelson. Perth. World of Wearable Art – Dancer, choreographer
2011. CCMT dance tutor and choreographer. Louise Potiki Bryant – Te Karohorohi, Brisbane tour Tama Ma, Premiere Nga Hau e Wha.
Through his own practice Taane has developed a class that focuses on core stability and the mechanical efficiency of the body during class. The idea is to find through repetition what muscle groups are needed to fulfil a particular exercise without over compensating in other areas. Class begins with warming the large muscle groups with floor and standing work. Large moving phrases are then pieced together until there are several mass phrases. Taane also draws knowledge for his classes from his experience as a dancer and performer.